2017 Crusade for Children set this weekend in Kentuckiana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:37



Get out your wallets as you approach intersections in Scott County and surrounding communities this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 1 to 3.

It’s Crusade for Children time in Kentuckiana.

Organized by a non-profit board, the WHAS Crusade for Children is a time-honored tradition of raising dollars to help newborns and developmentally-handicapped children. All money raised in Scott County will come back to Scott County in the form of grants.

Crusade collections are planned at the intersections of U.S. Highway 31 and State Road 256 in Austin and State Road 56 in Scottsburg. Motorists will undoubtedly run into more firemen and their helpers when traveling around Southern Indiana and Louisville, Ky.

Scott County firemen will be taking their trucks and money to Salem to have their total donations announced on WHAS 840 AM and on WHAS TV Channel 11.

Scott County 4-H Shows and Other Programs Beginning in June PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:36



The Scott County Fair may be July 9-15, but a lot of pre-fair activities will be taking place during the month of June.

On Thursday, June 15, there will be Junior Leader Building Clean-Up from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a cookout-trash can painting at 5 p.m. The 4-H Council Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the Extension Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

The 4-H Dog Show will take place at Beechwood Park on Saturday, June 17, at 6 p.m.

The 4-H Cat Show will be held Tuesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. in the Saddle Club at the Fairgrounds.

Verbal Communication Projects are due on Tuesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.

The 4-H Fashion Revue will be held on Thursday, June 22, at the Saddle Club, starting at 6 p.m.

Creative Writing and History is due at the Scott County Extension Office on Tuesday, June 23.

The Junior Leaders will be participating in a community service with a Nursing Home Fair at Lake Pointe in Scottsburg from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23.

The 4-H Bicycle Rodeo will be in front of the 4-H Building at the Scott County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 25, starting at 1:30 p.m.

All kids in grades kindergarten through the second grade are invited to to attend a Mini 4-H Workshop where they will complete a mini-4-H project or moreon Sunday, June 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Saddle Club building at the Scott County Fairgrounds. Everyone is asked to wear old clothes. You may also sign your kids up for Mini 4-H at the vent.

Going into July, the Scott County Junior Leaders will be serving breakfast on Tuesday, July 11, during the Scott County Fair from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Saddle Club Building. Donations and all proceeds go to Scott County 4-H Jr. Leaders Club.




Hearings June 7, 8 planned by INDOT about proposed I-65 project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:34




Engineers and other staff members of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will offer information to the public about the proposed widening of Interstate 65 through Jackson and Bartholomew counties at two hearings in June.

The hearing on Wednesday, June 7, is set at 6 p.m. at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington Street. On Thursday, June 8, a 6 p.m. hearing will be held at Brownstown Town Hall, 200 West Walnut Street. Both hearings are designed to collect public comments on the proposed project which will stretch from the State Road 50 interchange in Seymour to State Road 58. Rehabilitation of seven overhead bridges will be included in the $143 million project.

Members of the public are encouraged to arrive early for the hearings and ask questions of INDOT personnel before the formal presentation. Staff members will also be available after the presentation.

Under the proposal submitted by E&B Paving Inc. and United Consulting Engineers Inc., 14 miles of interstate will be widened to include more north and south travel lanes. Project documents are available for review at the project website, www.in.gov/dot/div/contracts/65se/65SE.htm.

The public may also submit written comments about the proposal by 5 p.m. June 8. Comments can be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to project manager Silvia Perez, One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 900, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Persons can subscribe to receive texts and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/account/INDOT/subscriber/new. Find links to INDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.



90 seniors in Austin High School Class of 2017 scheduled to graduate Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:02




A total of 90 seniors in the Austin High School (AHS) Class of 2017 will don robes and mortar board hats this Friday night, May 26, and become alumni of their hometown high school.

The graduation program will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Lady Eagles Gym. Family members and friends are advised to come early to obtain adequate seating in the gym. Parking will be offered to the east and west of the high school/middle school facility as well as at nearby Austin Elementary School and around Rigel Gym.

Live television coverage of the event will be offered on Warner Cable/Spectrum Community Channel 25 starting at that time. Student members and staff of Scottcounty.tv will be providing that coverage.

The Class of 2017 selected the motto “Our lives are before us. Our past is behind us. But our memories are forever with us.” Class colors are black, silver and red, and singer Luke Bryan’s song “Fast” is the class song. The class flower is the white rose.

Class officers are President Donnie Charles Goodin; Vice President Jakeb Nathaniel Watts; secretary Leah Grace White; and treasurer Kami Rhae Owens. Class sponsors are Joyce Bush and Keith Henderson.

As the seniors walk into the gym, the AHS band will play the processional. Opening remarks will be provided by Shelby Elizabeth Cole. The AHS choir will sing “Time of My Life” featuring soloist Jacob Shadburn, a senior.

Student addresses will be presented by seniors Jakeb Watts, Kami Owens and Skyler Dawn Coomer.

AHS Principal Ryan Herald will introduce the Class of 2017 with Superintendent Robert D. Anderson presenting high school diplomas. Dr. Joseph E. Wayne of Ivy Tech Community College awarding associate degree certificates to the 34 students who graduated from the two-year Ivy Tech High School Academy while attending AHS.

Class President Donnie Goodin will then address his classmates and lead them in the traditional ring and tassel ceremonies. Shelby Cole will offer closing remarks. The new graduates can be offered congratulations by audience members following the recessional.

Graduates arranged alphabetically include:

Parker Townsend Wilson Adams, Brooklynne Nicole Akers, Keeton Steven Ashby, Meagan Marie Ashley, Brodi Joe Allen Baker, Kody Batman, Gabriel Anthony Lee Beck, Leanna Nicole Berlin, Jessica Raye Bowling, Jacob Scott Bowman.

Evan Brindley, Shelby M. Brooks, Isaiah Allen Burnett, Michayla Marie Campbell, Treasure Michelle Campbell Cole, Kaylin Leigh Carter, Logan J. Caudill, Michael Dalton Cissell, Shelby Elizabeth Cole, Skyler Dawn Coomer.

Jarrod Couch, Kirk Alexander Jasper Couch, Tanner Jordan Craig, Gerald A. Dickson, Avery L. Dunn, Taylor Alexandria Elliott, Sarah Elizabeth Farr, Darel Wayne Fox, Kailey Elizabeth Fugate, Donnie Charles Goodin.

Jacqueline Jo Goodman, Taylor Renee Guill, Allena Elizabeth Hall, Braedy Alexis Hall, Koby A. Hawkins, Carl Hollon, Cassidy Nora Hunt, Rachelle Lynn Jones, Micky Christopher Kearns, Ethan William Love.

Allison Blaker Marshall, Samantha Paige Marshall, Briana N. May, Kendra Cheyanne Renee May, Cory Nicholas Wade McIntosh, Trevor Ron McIntosh, Jordan Allen Meadows, Alexander Chase Miner, Codie Ann Mosley, Gavin Reece Napier.

Courtney Dawn Ilene Neace, Raleigh I. Neace, Lindsey Ann Neace, Mackenzie Nicole Norton, Kami Rhae Owens, Adam Wayne Parker, Alexa Dawn Parker, Joshua D. Pelston, Jessica L. Riley, Natasha Nicole Riley.

Troy Y. Riley, Sean A. Robbins, Jaclyn Nichole Royalty, Benjamin Alexander Rusch, Trenton James Dale Salyers, Haleigh Michelle Satterwhite, Jacob Ray Shadburn, Brooklyn Sierra Simms, Abby Lynn Smith, Connor Reece Smith.

Shelby Lynn Spencer, Alyssa AM Stevens, Nathan Robert Stewart, Mariah Mae Surber, Brison Drake Turner, Shanda Joy Renee Turner, Brittany Nickole Vires, Akaya Lynn Walker, Devin J. Ward, Brittany Necole Watts.

Jakeb Nathaniel Watts, Alicia Mae White, Cody T. White, Jacob Noah White, Jason G.A.K. White, Kristopher Jerome Scott White, Leah Grace White, Madyson Mckinley White, Landon Shane Wooten and Zachary Connor Wooten.




Reception for Estelle Chandler planned Monday, June 5, at Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:46



Trying to interview Estelle Chandler is like following an unfamiliar, winding path: you never know where the conversation is going to lead.

Sitting in the Austin home she shared so many years with her late husband, Ellsworth, Estelle is the epitomy of a sweet little old lady. Except this sweet old lady remains determined to meet life head-on, her fingers busy with crafts, canning and baking and her mind filled with plans.

Plans to visit her busy grandsons and their families, plans to travel to her family’s annual reunion in Kentucky, plans for her weekly trip to the Ross Country Jamboree in downtown Scottsburg, for gardening and surprising friends with little gifts of cookies, zucchini bread and her prized bread and butter pickles. That woman has more plans than a dog has fleas!

Some of those friends have decided to make plans of their own and are honoring Estelle with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum. Mrs. Chandler will be 97 on Friday, June 2. Everyone who knows Estelle is invited to stop by and say hello and enjoy some refreshments. Birthday cards will be welcomed.

The museum is located at 1050 South Main Street in Scottsburg.

Though she’s lived in Austin since 1941, Estelle started like in Richmond, Ky. her family moved to Illinois when she was in grade school, and then her parents came to Austin in 1941 after she’d graduated from high school.

Estelle did what many women did during World War II: she worked in the factory of the old American Can Company in Austin. Among the friends she made there was the sister of Ellsworth Chandler, who introduced her to the likeable Army veteran. After the war, Ellsworth worked in the northern part of Indiana and came home frequently to visit.

The couple married on October 8, 1949, after Ellsworth had attended Hanover College and got his teaching license. They moved into a farmhouse on the edge of Austin. Five years later, they bought the house where Estelle continues to reside, surrounded by items he made and the chairs Ellsworth enjoyed caning.

Ellsworth went from teaching to being high school principal to superintendent of Scott School District 1. Estelle worked in the office of the old U.S. Shoe plant in Crothersville for 36 years. They raised Estelle’s son Robert, but they had plenty more kids in the students whose lives the couple touched, either through the local schools or Austin Christian Church.

In fact, Estelle was expecting a friendly invasion from the Austin High School Class of 1957 prior to the annual banquet that took place on May 20. “We invited them to come, and they keep coming back each year. Ellsworth was their class sponsor,” she advised.

Old age hasn’t dimmed Estelle’s optimistic, enthusiastic outlook on life. She finally got her garden planted, despite all the rain, and now looks forward to harvesting a bumper crop of cucumbers, beans, zucchini and tomatoes. She keeps her house tidy and ready for company, which drops in daily. And she talks to grandsons, their wives and her five great-grandchildren whenever their schedules allow.

“I know they’d rather I live in assisted living or something like it, but this is my house, and I like it here fine. I told them it was here or assisted living or Wesley Chapel Cemetery, whichever comes first!” she advised pragmatically.

As can be expected, Estelle is looking forward to the reception on June 5. “We’ll have a good time,” she promised.




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